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Tuesday, 15th July 2003
BBC set to bring back local station for Coventry and Warwickshire

BBC local radio is set to make a comeback to Coventry and Warwickshire, with the announcement by the Director General of the BBC, Greg Dyke, that a brand new station will be launched.

Launched in 1990, the original station serving the area, BBC CWR, was closed down in 1995 - Dyke acknowledges the "decision was made under different circumstances - and now we're in a position to change it."

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Speaking on BBC Radio WM's Breakfast Show, which is also broadcast across Coventry and Warwickshire, Greg Dyke announced that the station is to be brough back to add to the BBC's local radio portfolio.

Discussing the BBC's plans with presenter Annie Othen, Greg Dyke said: "I'm very pleased to announce that we're planning to open a new radio station in Coventry - an area that's been served by BBC WM since 1995.

"We hope the new station will be housed in a modern, vibrant building close to Coventry Cathedral in the heart of the city."

It is hoped the station will launch in 2004. Coventry and Warwickshire is currently served by programmes from the studios of BBC WM in Birmingham.

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